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Grey's Anatomy Review: Moving Forward

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I'm curious why we jumped a whole month forward (via a subtle transition), but it looks as if the time since the events of "Things We Said Today" have allowed for some major announcements and attempts at moving forward for Grey's Anatomy.

And "The End is the Beginning is the End" served as a quiet set up for some loud and dramatic things to come.

Doctors Talk it Over

Richard was more recently hit the hardest with Adele's passing, but it was nice to see that even through his own self-appointed misgivings, he was able to meet with Catherine. Simply holding hands was a nice sentiment for them both, and while Richard will always love Adele, at least he will have a chance to heal and grow again.

Cristina and Owen are in this weird place of dating/not dating - hooking up, as those college kids call it - but all under the new pretense of divorce. I like Cristina in her happy state, making jokes and being her regular self. Even her ability to not get upset that Meredith hadn't told her about the pregnancy showed an understanding in their friendship.

And although I felt more comfortable with Jo and Alex being playful this episode, I don't buy them remaining friends. It's too obvious that soon enough that couch is going to get some action from the two not-lovers.

Am I on board with the relationship? Not so much before, and I'm even holding out that Dr. Lucy might return, but I wasn't rolling my eyes with their playful banter this go around. Really, it was nice that things were working out for both of them.

Even Jackson, who's moving forward in his relationship with the intern, also seems to be moving forward as a doctor. Taking a case that was formally Mark's was a huge step not only in remembering the past and the important things he'd done, but the new positive steps that would be taken in his wake.

Sure, he had some arguments with Arizona, but Jackson proved himself by completing the more risky procedure. He's been able to start taking those steps from Mark's protege to his own competent and successful physician.

Likewise, Derek is back on that road to recovery, playing in a great ping pong match. It was rather entertaining that the game became competitive and it was fun seeing Shane break out of his usual calm demeanor. Who knew ping pong could be such good therapy for Derek's hand?

Yang, Avery and Karev

But amongst all the progress moving forward, two major revelations promise to have major impact on everyone:

First came the generous settlement of $15 million each, and all I could think was "wow, what a payout." And good for them. Yes, Meredith mentioned blood money, but the cash could be used for good and Richard was right there to remind her.

Sure enough, the dinner was awkward, and certainly not a celebration, but eventually all of the group came around and began to enjoy the prospects of the outcome.

Meredith even revealed her big secret, which is promising in that she believes good things will happen. That was a nice change for her.

Except the entire episode I couldn't help but wonder the repercussions and why no one seemed to acknowledge them. Even if the insurance company would be handling the financial aspects, the hospital itself would have to have some sort of reprimand, right? You don't just have a major court case and nothing happen but handing out some money.

I'm still a little surprised no one seemed to really think about that.

Yet, the episode itself seemed to offer up the dramatic twist that answered the unfortunate consequence of the win. According to some loophole, the hospital now has to pay out the $15 million each and there's no way it can do that. It looks like bankruptcy and closing the doors will be the only option.

Man, and right after Derek had finally forgiven Owen!

I find it hard to believe that Seattle Grace would be shut down, but I'm trying to guess what will take place to prevent it? Will they use the money to buy it out? Will someone else?

A major conflict of interest was bound to rear its ugly head and, like Cristina said, "Mo money, mo problems."

This wasn't the most riveting of episodes, but I'm glad to see a transition and chance for the characters to move forward from the dramatic plane crash. Although, now this new predicament might make things a little harder. Hopefully, this major bump in the road can find a quick way to smooth itself out with all of the positive changes going on around it.

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@lucyrosefan It hasn't been confirmed by the show's dialogue, but April is most likely a general surgery attending as it's the only thing she can practice (since her residency was in general surgery). For her to take on a fellowship, especially in trauma, she would have needed to pass her surgical boards to be board-certified.

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@Cleo Don't condescend. Because someone does not like Callie with Arizona doesn't make them a homophobe. This is your perception of @Gia 's comment. Some prefer Callie with men. She's not believable as a gay. Arizona is. They have zero chemistry. Plus they're boring as a couple and getting worse. Callie only had romantic chemistry with Mark IMO. Save your defensiveness. It's lame and tired.

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@Gia, That's funny because she was horrible when she was with George and he was a man. It's 2013, gay couples exists. To not like Arizona for Callie because you don't think they're compatible for each other is one thing but to not like Arizona for Callie simply because she's a woman makes you a homophobe.

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At first Arizona dislike Mark because of his history with Callie and the fact that he was always around. But they came to an understanding and she grew to like and appreciate him. They were friends last season so much so that Callie got annoyed. I think she misses him and I think her outburst at Jackson was a backhanded way to honor him and keep him in her thoughts.

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And I'm glad to read that I'm not the only person who gets involved in the story lines!

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Jarrod et al...I think the reason Thatcher isn't Lexie's proxy is because their relationship wasn't exactly the best. Too bad, because that would have been a *really* interesting angle to take...'oh, so now that she's dead and you stand to gain something you want to be there for her? What about [insert issue here]?' Granted, he had more of a relationship with Lexie than with Meredith, but I remember a few conversations about how he was a drunk and that she didn't like his new girlfriend. And, well, it might be interesting to see how Derek would react. My dad and husband tend to get *much* more upset when someone screws with me than they would if it were only them...if that makes sense. The 'protective' angle.

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I hope SGMW is forced to make cuts because of the bankruptcy and Arizona gets cut. It would be a good exit for Jessica Capshaw to take care of her three small children. Then I hope Callie returns to the "men" side of her bisexuality. She was a lot more interesting with Mark.

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Arizona wouldn`t know that she was violating some loophole, just like Mark or Derek didn`t obviously know. Blaming her is ridiculous. Actually they should have never been on that plane in the first place. That does fall on Owen. It was his oversight that led to all of this.

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Er... Avery is an attending btw, AND a fellow surgeon IN PLASTICS. Arizona had no right to tell him what to do in his field of expertise.
Anywho, just watched the episode a second time, and I love it. The only thing I could not re-watch was when Webber yells at Cath. That was just bad. Mer/Cris love their relationship. Even tho Cris knew, she waited for Mer to say something. Nicely played. Glad for them all, $15 Mil each, but the hospital... That seriously was a shock. Bankruptcy , wow... And Owen was starting to get in Der's good side again... All I wanna see is when they learn about it.
Love Jo and Karev, I want more !
Bailey, Kepner, Callie, just love ! I laughed so hard at Bailey's face when she said Bootah ! That was just it ! And vagazzel, wtf ! But the woman was def trying ! Loved it when Kepner went to the husband to tell him that his wife was horny so to use his equipment LMAOOO !
Kepner/Avery !!!! Nice scene. Just loved it !

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Jackson is a plastic fellow not peds fellow so Arizona is not his superior.
If I recall Arizona pulled this stunt before with Mark when she came back from Africa. Avery had every right to tell her off as plastics is not expertise and the patient was technically not her patient. Arizona really needs to remember how it felt having Bailey (a general surgeon) questioning her procedures.